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She always gets a part
Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumés in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training.
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This film is a truly proof that sound and images can be truly a hell; and Miike did a convenient hell in all conventions, dimensions and courage as a sledgehammer hits his audience in the skull and squeezing in our brain; the heart get stabbed and the mind meltdown; destroying and obliterating all the sense; the eyes and the ears and even the touch. It’s a very delirium experience and ultra sensory work. An auditory nightmare. A violent knock on the soul.
And the film begins with a grief; a very melodic music plays, almost melancholic a father and son look sadly to a woman dying in the bed; the gloomy sadness…
The psychological chiller unfolds at a slow and thoughtful pace! Revealing a story about a lonely widower in his search for the perfect wife!
Were pretty much stuck in in slow burn drama mode for the majority of the film! It may even leave you questioning whether or not this is really a Takashi Miike film!
He does however leave a few intriguing bread crumbs along the way to compel us to continue on with this nightmarish journey into madness!
The audience for the most part has been masterfully lulled into a false sense of security! Our guard is down and were all wishing for Miike mode to finally kick in!
Remember the ole saying..
"Be careful what you wish…
I'm glad I'm married because I'm never dating again.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
“This wire can cut through flesh and bone easily.”
There is a large canvas bag on the floor. It is tied with rope. Inside it, a living thing moves violently.
Before Audition descends into a maelstrom of hallucination and shocking violence, it moves along placidly as a domestic melodrama in the vein of Ozu or Sirk. The premise is skeevy, of course: Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi), seven years a widower and living with his teenage son, is encouraged by both his son and his friend, Yasuhisa Yoshikawa (Jun Kunimara), to venture back into the dating world. Yoshikawa—winner of the Mel Gibson gender relations award—suggests that Aoyama find his new bride by staging a fake casting audition for the lead role…
Following Haneke’s Funny Games and Lynch’s Lost Highway, Audition was Takashi Miike’s contribution to a small movement of unsettling cinema in the late 90s as well as his international breakthrough.
Miike is comparable to Haneke in the moments where his action is filmed naturalistically without music or ominous lighting. In the scenes where he does use manipulative techniques his style is contrapuntal, televisual even, bizarrely playing out like a romantic drama. The film has many notable Lynchian qualities in its second half, with a skilful play between nightmare and reality. The momentary glimpses of the horrors to come are mysterious, even on repeat viewings, and the snippets of terror retain a sense of dread in the build up to the…
This film tells the story of a television producer, a young widower who decides to remarry at the request of his son and friend. Yet, the woman he finds (in a fake audition to a movie) is far from being what he expected. Audition is a sadistically unforgettable film where pain is the crucial key to happiness.
Knowing that this film was directed by the psycho turned filmmaker (Takashi Miike) was very heplful because, in a certain way, I knew what to expect, I knew that something weird would eventually happen in the course of the film. This is a very well built film that leaves you stuck to the screen from the beginning to the end, the plot is…
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The first 1h30m of this 1h50m movie is not horror, at all. It's a suspense drama. It's a good one, but nonetheless, it's one. What qualifies this as a horror movie is just the last 20 mins, and to be honest, it's not really that shocking. I generally am all in favor of waiting for the shit to hit the fan, so to speak, but I wouldn't mind if this actually had a bit more of that.
Though, honestly, my biggest problem with the movie is the weird dream-like sequences at the end, which can't really be dreams because that would give our character meta-knowledge of things he couldn't possibly know beforehand, but it also doesn't make ANY sense if…
One of the most subtle films of Miike, the whole film plays out like a heartwarming romantic drama until the 2th midpoint in which the movie becomes a very dark and surreal thriller, brilliant!
It wasn't unsettling or disturbing as they say. It was more like a subtle black comedy; funny and provocative.
I thought "Audition" would be a fun rollercoaster ride. Instead, it's like being in a car with your 80-year-old grandmas as your driver for 1,5 hour.
For me, the climax isn't worth it for 1,5 hour of boring conversation and slow build.
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What frustrates me most about this film, is the fact that the makers plainly advertise what this film turns into. It starts off as this sort of Rom-Com, then gives you subtle glimpses into the horrors to come; leading up to an incredibly creepy five second scene involving a bag. Why on earth do they tell everyone off the bat, not through the film, but through things like the one-sheets that she's actually a psychopath. I mean, just look at the poster next to this review. Everyone plainly knows going into the film, what she really is...
I have very few faults with the actual film itself though. Plus how can a movie that references Tarkovsky be anything but amazing?
You pick the one...:
1. A surrealistic drama about man's own perceptions, affected by guilt and fear, for a woman that never existed and projected onto a woman that was real?
2. A romantic thriller about psychological repression in love?
3. A black comedy about a middle-aged man looking for a second chance?
4. A sarcastic social commentary about alienation and isolation in the modern (Japanese or other) society?
5. A horror cult movie?
P.S. Meticulous and top-notch direction.
Takashi Miike's 1999 movie Audition is Provocative.But the movie is just beyond the climax.It begins as a simple family drama,allowing us to mingle with characters and is evenly paced.We do not get bored even when there is nothing much happening.Ryo Ishibashi and Eihi Shiina's performance is what makes the movie spectacular.Ryo's portrayal of a widowed man looking for love is believable and heart felt.His underplay of character magnifies the effect of the cruel torture unleashed upon him at the end.Eihi Shiina was mind blowing playing the Ice Cold Killa.She really makes you fall in love with her Just like Ryu's character with her soothing voice and stunning beauty and then it goes all the way down the negative once she…
Audition is one of the most deeply unsettling films I've seen. I especially love the atmosphere, the cinematography and the soundtrack. So creepy.
I can't get the final scene out of my head... Wow, what a romantic film :')
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